The mental health crisis amongst the fire service often leaves Fire Chiefs asking, how do we address this problem in our house? While every department is different, none is immune to mental health difficulties. Mr. Stoermer, a Chief Officer, and suicide attempt survivor teach how to create a positive mental health culture. He discusses the importance of preventative factors, including annual wellness checks, pre-employment psychological screenings, and continued training. Complications, including administrative hurdles and how to enhance your department's resiliency, are also covered.
The participant will conceptualize the dire state of firefighter mental health and gain insight into necessary change.
The participant will understand why firefighter mental health must be embraced by top leadership.
The participant will acquire the knowledge and tools necessary to create an efficient firefighter Behavioral Health Program.
The participant will grow through examples of career and volunteer departments that have implemented successful firefighter Behavioral Health Plan.